The MLBPA asks for A-Rod’s lawsuit to be tossed out

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As expected, the MLBPA has asked the court to strike A-Rod’s claims against it. Its argument: A-Rod can’t claim he didn’t get a good defense from the union given that his suspension was reduced and given the quality of its argument and briefing in the case. A-Rod has until Friday to respond.

This could drag on for a while, of course. For whatever reason A-Rod didn’t ask for an injunction to have his suspension put on hold, which would have accelerated matters considerably. Probably because he knows he’s likely to lose, I imagine, but how having a protracted legal battle that gets him to the same place helps anyone other than his lawyers is beyond me.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.